Veterans, Teachers, and First Responders Push Lawmakers to Reject New Asbestos Bill

veterans with mesothelioma
veterans with mesothelioma

Veterans, teachers, and first responders are insisting policymakers to dismiss the legislation that would require victims of asbestos exposure to share their personal info when they seek damages in court. It was just recently that the House of Representatives passed the bill (the FACT Act) which will bring unjustified and unwanted economic hardship to numerous U.S. veterans suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions.

The new bill would make it more difficult for U.S. citizens who are dying from various asbestos-related diseases to get compensatory damages from the businesses which are responsible for their asbestos exposure. The FACT Act is supported by so big U.S. corporations which have intentionally exposed numerous veterans to hazardous asbestos products during their service time. Studies say at least one-third of mesothelioma victims. Mesothelioma is a rare and terminal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers.

The new act will force asbestos victims, including numerous veterans, to disclose highly sensitive personal information like health records, part of their SSNs, and when and how they were exposed. Additionally, it will require asbestos victims’ trust funds to publish the sensitive info on a publicly accessible database and also on the internet.

Those who oppose the bill say forcing veterans to disclose their medical conditions, SSNs, information regarding their families and children, and work histories is a highly offensive invasion of their privacy. They say the bill does not do anything to ensure the veterans receive the money they deserve for their injuries or to prevent the contraction of any future disease among those who honorably served our nation.

If the new bill is enacted into law, it is likely to add substantial delay in compensating the veterans and families by putting costly and burdensome reporting requirements on asbestos trusts. Though the bill was passed, more than half of the House members voted against it, which is a positive sign that it won’t be favorably seen in the Senate.

Mesothelioma Veterans Benefits

Veterans dying from mesothelioma desperately need financial compensation for offsetting their end-of-life care and medical costs, as well as for supporting their families in the absence of their society and service. They may file a civil suit seeking damages for their asbestos-related injuries. Apart from this, these veterans may be entitled to get certain Veterans Administration benefits (VA benefits) based on their mesothelioma diagnosis.

How Mesothelioma Lawyers Can Help?

Veterans with asbestos-linked diseases such as mesothelioma may be entitled to a number of VA benefits. However, knowing the tricks of making a successful VA claim is very important. Our mesothelioma lawyers have the expertise and experience in assisting Veterans suffering from asbestos-related diseases with completing the Application for VA Benefits. Please call us at 1(800)706-5606 for a free consultation or visit http://mesothelioma.net